The following is a press release from CA Term Limits PAC.
Last month a group of grassroots activists and community activists in the city of West Hollywood filed an initiative to place the issue of term limits for their City Council on the March ballot in 2013. This initiative would limit Council Members to three four-year terms and then impose a lifetime ban on future service.
While there is a strong effort locally to gather the necessary signatures to qualify this measure, at the request of leadership of this local term limits movement, California Term Limits PAC has endorsed this effort and to assist materially to get this matter before the local voters.
CA Term Limits PAC has made a significant investment to deploy paid signature gatherers in the city of West Hollywood to augment the work being done by local volunteers, and help to ensure that the voters of the city will be able to vote on term limits for their city council this coming March.
“A primary goal of the California Term Limits PAC is to assist with local efforts to qualify and pass term limits at the local government level all around the state,” said Jon Fleischman, President of California Term Limits. ”West Hollywood is a classic example of where you have a small group of city insiders who have been serving on the council, in most cases, for decades. Term limits ensure citizen representatives instead of career politicians, and West Hollywood is a city that definitely needs them.”
“Ours is a quintessential grassroots effort made up of citizen volunteers committed to gathering enough signatures to put term limits on the March ballot here in West Hollywood,” said Sheila Lightfoot, a local leader in the WeHo term limits effort. “We think that after a period of time, elected officials should return to private life and others should have the opportunity to serve. We are so pleased that California Term Limits PAC has endorsed our initiative and is helping us by augmenting our efforts to gather registered voter signatures on our petitions in this final stretch toward our goal.”
“We’re grateful for the support of California Term Limits to help us qualify our initiative for the ballot in West Hollywood,” added another WeHo local term limits leader, Scott Schmidt. “Their support is a vote of confidence in our volunteer effort. California Term Limits understands that whether it is in West Hollywood or Sacramento, elected officials need an expiration date, or else they lose their focus and ambition and become too cozy with donors and lobbyists.”
“We already have deployed paid signature gatherers in West Hollywood who have already gathered hundreds of signatures and will collect many more in our efforts to assist local term limits activists in reaching their goal,” added Fleischman. A total of 2350 valid signatures of registered West Hollywood voters must be turned into the City Clerk by September 26, 2012. To ensure that enough valid signatures are turned in, it is the intention of the local West Hollywood Term Limits Committee to exceed that number by a significant amount.
If you are interested in helping with the grassroots effort to qualify term limits in West Hollywood, you can get involved by going to their website here: www.WeHoTermLimits.com. You can find out more about California Term Limits at www.CATermLimits org.